Friday, April 29, 2016

mallory loire deuterium

"When I was a boy I was told that anybody could become President. I'm beginning to believe it."  ~Clarence Darrow~ 

I think I got this herd of squirrels available to climb your own walls at Anthropologie-  and by that I mean I got the IMAGE there.  They are all light fixtures and I am not so sure that having a bulb up one's squirrel behind makes them any more lovable.  
With that I discovered that when I post a squirrel image it doesn't get deleted from the file, it jumps back in there to reappear every so often.  Sorry for the dups, I do dump them when I remember to!  

Call that my 'anthro-APOLOGIE'.

Of all the images I stole while we were building the new house, the one thing I really (my g'daughter says RILLY) RILLY wanted was this:

I even started collecting globes but found out you have to have a special kind that are more translucent so I didn't get very far.  Also helps if you have a more experienced electrician than I am.  But isn't this cool-  I wanted it in the stairwell so you would see different globes as you ascend.  But I don't have a stairwell, at ;east not one that can handle a giant feature like this.  So I am putting it out there for you to make-  just send me pictures when you're done hanging it with the forklift you will have to hire...I coulda been dangerous if I had somebody who0 could carry out my ideas...

Continuing the 'round things' theme today, here's some art for ya~ bet you thought it would never get here:

Do Gummy Worms come to mind?
Chicago-based digital artist David Brodeur rendered an alien world filled with berry-like plants, glowing crystals, and candy shaped orbs that sprout from the ground. Despite their exotic designs, Brodeur relies on common colors of familiar fruits to create this Willy Wonka-esque habitat where you can’t help but want to reach out and gobble everything up

Wednesday, April 27, 2016

babbitt albania drank

"I offer my opponents a bargain: if they will stop telling lies about us, I will stop telling the truth about them."     ~Adlai Stevenson~ 

Not me.  I was busy all day up in the maple tree.  I didn't do it.  Really.

Well you might notice I've been messing with things here, cleaning house and rearranging chotzkes.  I am using a new banner and tweaked the name a tad.  Also some of the colors and fonts have changed but I go bored at that point and shut it down.  

And the last of the stuff from the old house has arrived in my garage.  If I were really lucky somebody would just come in a nd steal it-  bring 4 guys, the damn ugly brown leather couch TY won't dump is HEAVVVEEE.  (I'll carry the cushions!  If you call your thievery ahead I'll call the gate and let you in.  

Yesterday I was also hauling stuff out of the old place, this time by myself though, taking one Mini's worth at a time so it was slow going.  Long day all over, One of my friends was having back trouble so I was hr driver and purse carrier for her doctor appointments and I got to read a whole new class of magazines-  I was hoping to help again today  and get to the Smithsonian lying there but she is better now and wanting to drive herself.  I need a better class of doctor for better magazines-  I really don't like Better Homes and Gardens or Prevention.  And, to top it all off TY needed to take his car back to the dealer for a new radiator and long list of stuff so I had to follow him to the lawyer's office to sign papers for the house sale, then race after him to the car place, of course by then in the traffic.  Leftovers for dinner.  

SO, not much use for this lately:
Maybe some art stuff will make up for not sewing, or even glueing!  Once I get this house stuff behind me perhaps I will be able to get back into it-  find my Muse, so to speak.

Louise Zhang's Slosh Samples look like floating paintings, three-dimensional depictions of 2D abstract work. The bottles contain brightly colored fluids that separate and congeal, containing everything from polymer clay to flubber. At first one is delighted by the bubblegum colors that fill the vessels, yet after a quick inspection the grotesque nature of what lurks inside is easily revealed.  contents:  SLOSH SAMPLES #1 2014 flubber, pva glue, acrylic, oil paint, resin plastics, polymer balls, polymer clay, pigment, water, varnish, 100ml serum vials.

Sunday, April 24, 2016

clock seldom gent

"I have come to the conclusion that politics are too serious a matter to be left to the politicians."   ~Charles de Gaulle~ 

Scurry for your Lives!

Haven't been to the studio 2 days because my niece is here from across the state. I love it when she comes, low maintenance, cheerful, eats everything and is happy to just hang out. I guess she's just glad to be out of the dorm for a few days.  Whatever, I enjoy her.  Today we went to Busch Wildlife Refuge across from my studio, haven't been there for a long time and they have some new displays and cool animals.  There are now three Florida panthers, they say there aren't even 100 in the wild any longer.  They have had a breeding program with a genetically similar cougar from Texas that seems to be successful.  These things are HUGE, all three in the refuge were being raised as pets before being rescued, and were declawed so there is no chance they will ever be released.

Unfortunately my phone was left at home to charge since I had the foresight to plug it in the night before...But hold on folks,  I was sent by the lady in the gift shop to YouTube to see the release video.  Might keep you busy for three minutes-  call the kids!

And now o touch on art bizniz instead of fuzzy animals'

Carole Seborovski:  in the mid-1980s she was a geometric artist working on paper with a restrained palette. Ever since, she changed and expanded her approach, moving away from flat or layered surfaces toward what she calls mixed media paintings. Around 1990, she turned away from geometry toward sexual forms, most likely inspired by Eva Hesse, whose aggressively sexual “Ringaround Rose” (1965) seems particularly relevant. 

Finally, a set of amazing beaded fish from Cindy Walker.  Such detail!  I want the whole set! 

And now it's time to get on with my Sunday.  We took our niece out to breakfast with the dogs this morning, I am sitting here feeling like I've been fattened up for the kill, don't care if I eat again until tomorrow but I sure love my Sunday grits!

Thursday, April 21, 2016

merchandise inlet aloof

 “Easy is right. Begin right and you will be easy. 
Continue easy and you are right. 
The right way to go easy is to forget the right way, 
and forget that the going is easy.” (Chuang Tzu)

So yesterday I was on my way to the studio and found a recipe on the inter webs with only 5 ingredients and guaranteed great cookies.  Si I put down my pile of stuff I was transporting, and got out the bowl, preheated the oven and started in.  here is the recipe-

1 cup peanut butter
1.2 c. brown sugar
2 eggs
dash of salt
1 c. chocolate chips

Yup, 5 ingredients, what could go wrong?  Well, I used almond butter instead of peanut butter and had just enough Ghirardelli chips in a bag.  It mixed up easily and I use my 2 Tbs ice cream scoop to make almost 2 dozen cookies.  When they were cool enough to eat I grabbed on and Ehhhhh!  Not very good as a cookie, pretty BAD as a chocolate s=chip cookie.  So I tried again with my secret stash of super hot peanut butter and dried cranberries instead of chips.  Again, NOT very compelling even though they were alright.  TY hated these but liked my third attempt where I used tahini in place of nut butter and roasted pistachios instead of chips.  I don't love them, and I know this because I don't grab one every time I walk by the plate.

My niece is flying across the state in the morning to spend a few days with us and I had hoped to meet her with a pile of cookies, looks like I need to hit Publix on the way home and do a Real recipe.

Next, I tuned into Netflix and watched a bunch of B mysteries while I started a new use of old yarn-  this time a bright turquoise cotton that used to be a shrug-  who in hell wears SHRUGS?  Now it will be a tank top, perhaps with little sleeves if I don't run out of yarn first.

Really interesting article from the Scientific American reposted from the Pocket blog HERE


Carrying out my threats, my parting words yesterday were about posting the whole Twins series so I'm going to do that next:  I still have them all, so they would be available for a show AND I can even make another one if the pesky Muse stops by one of these days. And the other thing is they have all been made since I moved to Florida, so basically unseen in Massachusetts.

And finally, for today's drawing lesson, #2,- go HERE:   
(I did post this as a video but they won't let me so you have to go there yourself.  Sorry.  But is IS worth it, very interesting.)

Tuesday, April 19, 2016

iodide progenitor error

 Chinese proverb says, 
"Do not grasp the brush before the spirit
 and the thoughts are concentrated."

Somebody went to a lot of Squirrel Trouble here!

Today was my Stitch group, followed by a lunch of short rib tacos to die for.  I am trying to finish up the handles on the green silk Indian bag- the one I knit from the yarn I unraveled from the weird coat I made last year.  I only have half of one handle to finish but true to form I have set it aside to ferment a bit before threading that damn needle again.  It's really getting HARD!  Even with a needle threader.

Last night I finished the rayon sweater-  you know the one, it was an ill-fitting pattern I followed last year, but got sick when I remembered how much the yarn cost. I unraveled that too and then took off and winged a made-up pattern.  I would measure a blouse I like and then knit to those measurements, And finally I have something that fits perfectly and I love the colors.  Of course in April in Florida one doesn't NEED a sweater, even a short sleeved sweater, but I have one now!  

I was asked to help teach a drawing class to a friend but she didn't show up today for the lesson, think she is scared of me and what I will make her do, but I'm gonna hunt her down and make her draw whether she is too scared or not.  I can't fail, I have Betty Edwards on my side.  If I can catch you I can teach you to draw!   Stay tuned.  I cornered her husband earlier tonight and we both think perhaps she skipped town.  I have that effect on folks.So, if she doesn't jump on my bandwagon I will start pushing YOU on how to draw!   
Yeah, that's the ticket!   
Lesson #1 Observations
How about you get out a ballpoint pen and a piece of typing paper.  I like to start with ballpoint because of the way it flows AND you aren't tempted to erase and worry your lines. Now go to your refrigerator and pull out a couple of vegetables.  Find a table surface with a smooth top and good light, sit up straight and and make yourself comfortable.  Now we are going to do a contour drawing of that vegetable.  A contour drawing is a drawing of the EDGES.  I hope you picked something interesting like big pepper-  that's what I have here-  Now, you are going to pretend you are watching a tiny ant walk along the edges of your vegetable.  Start where you want and follow that ant with your eyes and your pen along the pepper's edge as SLOWLY as you can.  The trick here is to pay more attention to the ant (the EDGE) of the pepper as you go along, in other words you are going to STUDY the shape of the edge.  Look at the paper maybe 20% of your time, look at the ant maybe 80%.  Keep working slowly and methodically until the ant had ended up back where he started, more or less.You can go back in and add details if you wish, but you must follow the ant still as he walks over the bumps and lumps and walks up the stem and over the leaf.
Remember it's not detail we are after, only edges.  Pay attention to wherever the edge is against the background and draw that line.

Tip:  Remember, the information is in the pepper, not on your paper (!) so use that arty secret to get your observations.

Homework:  take off whatever shoe you are wearing and do another contour drawing of that but this time don't look at the paper AT ALL!  Seriously, watch that ant with your eyes, don't even glance at the drawing, just keep transferring the information your eyes see directly to your hand with the pen.  This is developing your hand/eye coordination and the COOL THING is looking at the drawing when you're finished.  It will be quite wonderful in it's observationally correct proportions.  Maybe not what you expect but you are learning to see!  Now stick both these drawings into a folder and forget about them because you are going to use these techniques over and over in different ways.  They will simply be a touch stone of where you started!

So, in happier more creative times, look at this candy maker go to town!  

More candy?  One is never enough, is it?  Here ya go!

Australian artist Tanya Schultz creates immersive wonderlands using the sweetest materials: colorful sugar and candy. But along with the hundreds of pounds of sugar, the miniature worlds, which are reminiscent of mythological lands made from food, often incorporate as many ingredients as there are colors. Working under the pseudonym Pip & Pop, Schultz uses everything from glitter and pipe cleaners to beads and figurines to create her psychedelic installations, which have been exhibited all around the world.

My assignment for tomorrow is to get the cabinet guy back to stick the door on to the cabinet it fell off of.  I didn't do a thing, it just started flapping at me one day.  I tied to see what was happening on the hinge but even using a mirror I couldn't figure out how it disengaged from the door.  So I called the experts and they are appearing in the morning.  

Next assignment for tomorrow is to get myself entered into a couple of upcoming shows as well as a crit group show we are planning to celebrate 30 years together.  I promised I'd send a 'few' things that's I've done in that time frame...  but it's hard finding things that are representative and that I still own!     So, it's gonna be the Twins series front and center.   Maybe I'll post the whole series here tomorrow.  

Sunday, April 17, 2016

berenices rev radiochemical

"Instead of giving a politician the keys to the city, 
it might be better to change the locks."   
~Doug Larson~ 

A midnight marauder with cartoon feet hit us last night-  we got up to find this sticky guy climbing the GLASS door without any problem.  I took the picture, left the room, came back through in one minute and he was gone.  Eventually I found him sitting on the patio under the table and acting a bit weird-  am thinking he fell off and was kind of stunned, but who knows...   my first frog of the season, though I'have seen lots of toads so far. 

In the studio yesterday to finish u[ the latest page for the collaborative books project.  Actually i am a month ahead but will send out tomorrow.  This was made for a woman who wanted 'nature' as her theme.  I had a 3 color lino print I made a long time ago but to make it work I cut out the different pieces an collaged them over several pieces of descriptive fabrics, with batiks.  I used a dotted print for the high sky to look like stars, and a leafy print to be jungly background.  Several additional tiny pieces of paper from the original print were added here and there.  Next it was backed by  
a pre-quilted fabric sample from the deepest stash recesses:

and a little note was printed over:  "Remember on the darkest night you can see the stars!"  Hope she likes it for her book.  My own is getting fuller as we progress, but so far I don't see any cohesion-  I may have to add a bunch of my own pages to make it a viable book!  We'll see, I have many pages yet to go!

Now for something pretty spectacular! 

Jasmine Sian:  Creating delicate floral works on paper through painstaking handwork, the formal characteristics of Sian's pieces are often more similar to lace embroidery than conventional drawing. Working on an intimate scale, Sian combines exacting renderings of flora and fauna with intricately hand-cut decorative patterns. 
The beauty and quiet emotion of Sian's drawings belie the technical difficulty in their creation. Working in quadrants, Sian maps a general shape for her garlands to allow for a format to work within. She then pencils a drawing in one area of her paper and later folds the surface to obtain the desired symmetry. 
Sian's drawings are infused by the environments in which they are created. During warm weather months, Sian visits parks and gardens throughout New York City and begins her drawings in the moment, marking directly onto thin brown paper deli bags. This immediacy creates a vibrancy in the work that counter-balances its fragility. The in-painting and cutting of the paper occurs during the winter, often featuring a dark palate to match the moody skies. 

Shame shame shame shame shame shame shame shame-  What's wrong with this picture I lifted off a catalog ad for preppy clothes worn by all these 'fun' folks:

Let's just call it a Faux-toe-shop Fail-  find the error....
tick tock tick tock tick tock tick tock tick tock tick tock tick tock tick tock
give up?
Both girls seem to have lost their lower legs, yet they are still dancing' up there on the track back which must have some sort of false platform because they are way too high to actually be dancing' IN the truck bed, most likely they are simply paraplegics tied in place to the top... What might be an alt theory?

I gotta go, need to find stamps and turn the pork belly her and figure out why this outer isn't syncing with my phone any more.  I certainly will not call a 
Faux-toe-shopper to figure it out.

Saturday, April 16, 2016

evolution kingdom muir

 "Not in the shouts and plaudits of the throng, 
but in ourselves, are triumph and defeat." 
Henry Wadsworth Longfellow

You should have paid attention in Spanish class.

More silver spray paint in the studio yesterday, the lamp came out well and looks good silver instead of blue but now the shade isn't right-  it looks too yellow against the silver.  But for now it will have to be as-is.  One thing leads to the next, doesn't it?  I was able to use the newly painted silver basket as a successful bread basket last night at the latest dinner party.  I've pretty much got the evening down now after three times of making basically the same things.  There aren't many friends down here with Middle Eastern roots so I have been feeding a series of people things from TY's Armenian background, with a lot of wiggle room as I change out things I don't love and add in things I do.  It's basically a 3-package pita bread meal-  some toasted up as croutons for the salad, some cut in triangles for the mezza course, and finally loaves cut in half for the kabobs if they want a sandwich instead of a pile o' food.  
I don't know what happened last night-  guess I fouled things without realizing it but I could have another 6 people here tonight and do it all over again, there is so much left even after they all gobbled it all down.  

And today I am free for some studio time as I try to clean up half-started projects and never-was projects and all the tools and junk associated.  I was checking for shows to enter but haven't been able to plug in any existing work because of either themes or sizes not matching.  I gotta get ahead of this again and back in the game.  Sigh.  I know you're sick of hearing me whine but the year that I spent concentrating on the house really put me back and it's hard to jump back in.  And I have to clean out the detritus and get those dog beds sewn up!  I'll make some puppy sizes as well as St. Bernard sizes so everybody can get one.  Can I tell you how much I HATE binding quilts?  And that's my current stumbling block.

Everybody has a talent and here's the latest Guiness World Record to be proud of.  All I can say is YIKES.  This gal is certainly a boneless chicken, ey?

Happy Weekend!   

Thursday, April 14, 2016

glossed bear ampex

Jean Dubuffet

Tropical Squirrel

Yesterday, in the studio, I spay painted one of my good lamps because it was blue before and I couldn't use it -  so today I go back and fetch it and hope that no drips appeared. It wasn't an ideal day with the blasting winds so it will probably need another coat.  I've gone through gallons of silver spray paint between the baskets, the dinosaurs, and now the lamp.  Hey, I COULD be bedazzling!

I also cut out a bunch more squares I think 'quilt-wise', but one never knows-  It's all the Kaffe stripes that I have decided to USE UP since they don't age like fine wines.  And I may be getting to an age where wearing odd combinations will keep me out of the nursing home when I need one.  Anyway, I have to decide which direction these squares are going before I start sewing them together.  I need a PLAN, Stan.

In the GOOD NEWS department, we got the condo we put a bid in for back in MA.  It certainly isn't the palace of my dreams and I am already fighting with TY over what we will use in it and what we can finally donate directly out of our lives, but he likes holding on to everything so we are in for a tough few months.  OK, I have not yet seen this place, I just didn't care as long as it was not a building full of BU students or golden agers.  It's small but plenty of room for my Uggs and a coffee maker-  my priorities.  The good part is it's directly across the street from a great little market so if I get in late at night I can hop over for some fresh pasta and a pound of butter.  They have all sorts of amazing ethnic vegetables too, so much for local, but I do love me a papaya or a fancy squash once in awhile.  Closing on this new place is right after Memorial Day so up we go-  I haven't been in MA since last summer when we sold the big condo, and I do have to say I really missed my family and my favorite haunts.  Bet I will really notice some changes.

ANYway, my life has pretty much been taken up with building ,selling, finding and buying real estate for almost a year now and I'm sick of it.  I want to hang out and not have to think about my little space on earth for awhile.  When does that happen?  

Here we have the last in my artist's series of videos from long ago.  I won't post more unless they magically come across my desk again because nobody has even mentioned them to me, so therefore I guess nobody likes them.  So, bye bye videos.    Hope you like this one---  meet Rodin!

If Rodin didn't grab ya, how 'bout Carl Sagan?  This little bit I find particularly interesting, hope you do too.  I know, no pictures!  Suck it up and read it- do it for me, you'll never have to rely on Snopes again!

Carl Sagan on Critical Thinking, or How To Be A Skeptic!
In one chapter of his book, “The Fine Art of Baloney Detection,” Sagan laid out his method, proposing what he called “A Baloney Detection Kit,” a set of intellectual tools that scientists use to separate wishful thinking from genuine probability. Sagan presents the contents of his kit as “tools for skeptical thinking,” which he defines as “the means to construct, and to understand, a reasoned argument and—especially important—to recognize a fallacious or fraudulent argument.” You can see his list of all eight tools, slightly abridged, below. These are all in Sagan’s words:
  • Wherever possible there must be independent confirmation of the “facts.”
  • Encourage substantive debate on the evidence by knowledgeable proponents of all points of view.
  • Arguments from authority carry little weight — “authorities” have made mistakes in the past. They will do so again in the future. Perhaps a better way to say it is that in science there are no authorities; at most, there are experts.
  • Spin more than one hypothesis. If there’s something to be explained, think of all the different ways in which it could be explained. Then think of tests by which you might systematically disprove each of the alternatives.
  • Try not to get overly attached to a hypothesis just because it’s yours. It’s only a way station in the pursuit of knowledge. Ask yourself why you like the idea. Compare it fairly with the alternatives. See if you can find reasons for rejecting it. If you don’t, others will.
  • If whatever it is you’re explaining has some measure, some numerical quantity attached to it, you’ll be much better able to discriminate among competing hypotheses. What is vague and qualitative is open to many explanations.
  • If there’s a chain of argument, every link in the chain must work (including the premise) — not just most of them.
  • Occam’s Razor. This convenient rule-of-thumb urges us when faced with two hypotheses that explain the data equally well to choose the simpler. Always ask whether the hypothesis can be, at least in principle, falsified…. You must be able to check assertions out. Inveterate skeptics must be given the chance to follow your reasoning, to duplicate your experiments and see if they get the same result.

The blog I mean, not Sagan!